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Sepia-toned stereograph showing a group of people on horseback in front of a storefront.
19th century stereograph showing a group of Ute Indians in front of the Eagle Emporium, the flagship store of the Zion Cooperative Mercantile Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Via the Getty Museum.

Diversity in the Stacks aims to build library collections that represent and reflect the University’s diverse population.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons, has been an academic interest of the Penn community for decades. Heavily persecuted throughout the 19th century, and well into the 20th, the Church is now a worldwide denomination.  

The Penn Libraries’ collection is rich in research materials connected to the Church. Our collection is of interest to those in history, religious studies, law, literature and politics. General in scope, it is broad enough to support all levels of research in those areas. Here is just a selection of those materials.

Historical Documents

Books about the history of the Mormons

Additional background reading on the Mormon Church



July 21, 2021